Looking for suggestions for a good iPad phonics apps!

(22 Posts)
DizzzyMum Tue 28-Jan-14 09:56:28

I am looking for suggestions for a really good phonics app for my 3 year old who loves using my iPad! He has been playing on the pocketphonics one, which is ok but he needs more help/practice putting sounds together to make a word that he is trying to read.

Thank-you!

tiredbutnotweary Tue 28-Jan-14 13:24:08

Hairy Letters - the initial part of the app teaches the sounds, however once you've unlocked the first 6 (I think) then another part of the app becomes available and this involves moving letters to form the words said. The words are then blended before being said as a whole word (by the app). At the very end, once the whole app is completed, there is a very funky tune that the Hairy Letters play. DD loved it at 3.

However it only does single letters, not digraphs / trigraphs - you need Phonics with Letter Lilies and/or Forest Phonics once your DS is ready to move on from single letter sounds. Also Phonics Pirates (although I can't stand the voice overs for that app).

Finally Check your phonics by Pearson, covers all phonics needed for the year one phonics check.

mrz Tue 28-Jan-14 20:52:00

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/initial-code/id769196201?mt=8

ThisOneAndThatOne Tue 28-Jan-14 20:57:44

We love Mr Thorne does phonics.

He has a whole series of great apps for phonics and maths.

Jellyandjam Tue 28-Jan-14 21:02:37

Mr Thorne does Phonics

ellenbrody Tue 28-Jan-14 21:07:49

Forest phonics is good.

tiredbutnotweary Tue 28-Jan-14 21:21:21

mrz - sadly can't get that app on iPad 1.

Icapturethecastle Tue 28-Jan-14 21:22:26

I Downloaded the one Mrz recommends as my ds school uses Sounds write. It is great my dd who starts in September is doing great with it. simple but works well.

mrz Tue 28-Jan-14 21:23:14

Not looked at Mr Thorne lately but found errors in past

DizzzyMum Tue 28-Jan-14 22:21:04

Thank-you all for your suggestions! I have heard good things about hairy letters, and I know some people who's children use Sounds-Write at school that really enjoy it, I didn't know they had an iPad app out! I will try them out and post my findings on here. Thanks again!

ThisOneAndThatOne Wed 29-Jan-14 08:58:32

Mr Thorne regularly releases updates so I am guessing he is correcting any error pointed out to him.

I think he is great. Both to teach adults how to approach phonics and of course to DC.

Even though my DS is now a fluent reader we often refer back to Mr Thorne to revise a sound if we struggle with a word when reading.

His spelling app is just genius. You collect items for a museum as a reward for each batch of correct spelling.

My DS is obsessed with his museum and how many artefacts he has.

I think as a direct result of Mr Thorne my DS gets full marks for all his spelling tests.

PeppermintScreams Wed 29-Jan-14 09:58:55

My favourite was ABC pocket phonics? DS picked up his phonics very quickly using that app.

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Ferguson Sun 11-Jan-15 18:42:48

Perhaps he should also be encouraged to use books, and not only screen-based systems; obviously, he will eventually use books at school:

An inexpensive and easy to use book, that can encourage children with reading, spelling and writing, and really help them to understand Phonics, is reviewed in the MN Book Reviews section. Just search ‘Phonics’.

Haribotangfastic Thu 15-Jan-15 09:53:02

Hi I am looking at Mr Thorne does phonics and there are a lot of different apps. My DS is in reception which one would be best suited for him? As you need to buy the apps I don't want to get the wrong one smile thanks

caroline85494 Tue 25-Oct-16 03:35:19

We found free application PHONICS from iTunes App Store to learn how to read for kids. Our girls, age 4 and 6, love it and enjoy making steady progress reading. Cute, completely free and effective so far. Here is the link to check it out:
itunes.apple.com/gb/app/phonics-free-learn-to-read/id1164302436?mt=8

mrz Tue 25-Oct-16 07:02:49

Sorry but definitely one to avoid unless you're in the US where there teach blends (we don't in the UK as it's completely unnecessary and adds extra demands on memory ...much slower)

Cakescakescakes Tue 25-Oct-16 07:12:50

Alphablocks app?

CruCru Wed 26-Oct-16 16:23:04

A friend (who homeschools her kids) recommended Teach Your Monster to Read and it does seem pretty good.

Purplelooby Thu 27-Oct-16 20:06:12

We used Teach you Monster to Read but it's a website rather than an app. DS loved it though.

Cakescakescakes Fri 28-Oct-16 00:34:30

There is a new iPad app for teach your monster to read now too. Just released recently.

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